In case you missed it, during Wednesday night’s battle up in Boston against the Celtics, with 29.5 seconds remaining in the first half and the Nets leading the Celtics by a score of 51-35, Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett. Humphries made slight contact with Garnett’s face and Garnett fell to the hardwood.
Rajon Rondo took exception and attacked Kris Humphries. The skirmish ensued which resulted in three ejections. Humphries and Rondo were both tossed for their role in the brawl and Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett were each given technical fouls.
Unfortunately for the Nets, Gerald Wallace picked up a technical foul earlier in the game for arguing a non-call and picked up his second technical during the skirmish. Both he and Humphries were ejected for the Nets. For the Celtics, Rondo was tossed and Garnett was called for a technical foul.
Coming into tonight’s game, Rajon Rondo had recorded 37 consecutive games with at least 10 assists and was closing in on Magic Johnson’s record of 46. Officially, the streak ends at 37 and ended before the game did since Rondo was ejected.
Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystRajon Rondo has had his fair share of controversies over the years, but none stands out in my mind more than him popping Brad Miller in the face on what would have been a game winning shot of a 2009 playoff game. Ironically enough, Rondo wasn’t whistled for a flagrant foul on the play.
Fighting on an NBA court is never justified, though in some instances, it’s understandable for tempers to flare. Coming to a teammate’s aid, generally, is acceptable, but here, Rondo has no excuse. Humphries made slight contact with Garnett and certainly didn’t seem to be attacking him. Rondo initiated the confrontation with Humphries and caused it to escalate into the stands.
Although no punches were thrown, Rondo will probably receive a multiple game suspension. Humphries and Wallace, however, should probably be available when the Nets return to action on Friday when they travel to Orlando to play the Magic.
I actually don’t think Humphries should have been ejected since he was attacked and didn’t seem to do anything more than defend himself from harm. Tough break for the Nets.